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Rich People Get All The Nice Toys: Plane With Elevator That Rises To An Observation Bubble Atop The Fuselage

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You can’t buy this yet. Matter of fact, most of you won’t ever be able to buy a seat in this ride. But there are people who are seriously contemplating making the SkyDeck system a reality. Aerospace engineering firm Windspeed is working on a patent pending contraption that would raise two seats in the airplane through an elevator, all the way up to an observation bubble atop the fuselage. The lucky travellers would then be free to observe their surroundings from 30,000 feet up. The system can be installed on any type of plane, and can come in a staircase version for those clients who are filthy rich, but not filthy freaking rich. There are no definite plans to launch in the near future, but the company is in talks with manufacturers with the goal of integrating SkyDeck in future iterations of their aircraft. Considering the lengths some airlines go to to accommodate their wealthy patrons, we wouldn’t be surprised if this ridiculous idea came to life.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

This Business Jet Ditches Windows In Favor Of A Panoramic Display

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We’re not super crazy about the tiny windows on planes anyway, so we won’t shed a tear at the idea that the upcoming Spike S-512 supersonic business jet is planning to ditch them altogether. But don’t imagine its well-heeled flyers will stare at a blank wall. Instead, the plan is to have large panoramic displays mirror the outside view, through cameras placed all around the plane’s exterior. Not only will the view be more spectacular, it can be replaced with anything else at the touch of a button. Want to catch some Z’s under a calm starry night? No problem.

Not only is it a novel and impressive idea, the company also informs us that shedding the windows will also save weight. That should help it along in getting to its cruising speed of Mach 1.6. That’s 1,218 mph for those of you keeping count, and if you thought a supersonic business jet with panoramic displays instead of windows would cost a pretty penny, you wouldn’t be wrong: the expected price tag will be somewhere around $60 million and $80 million, when it supposedly comes out in 2018.

[ Manufacturer Website ] VIA [ Engadget ]

LEGO Machine Folds Paper Planes and Launches Them

It takes a certain degree of skill and a whole lot of dedication to build what Mindstorms user hknssn13 built: a machine made entirely from LEGO that folds paper into airplanes and then launches them! Granted, it’s a relatively simple thing to do–if you’re doing it with your hands. It’s a completely different story when you’re trying to automate the process with nothing but a LEGO machine.

About 6,000 to 7,000 LEGO bricks were used to build the paper airplane folder and launcher. The moving parts at the bottom required two NXT Intelligent Bricks, five NXT servomotors, four NXT color sensors, and a Touch Sensor Multiplexer.

VIA [ Cnet ]